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Most people occasionally have mild toothaches, particularly when consuming hot or cold drinks or food. This is the type of toothache pain that may not necessarily be a cause for worry. Sometimes, a toothache may be caused by a problem not originating from a tooth or the jaw. A bad toothache — the kind that wakes you up in the middle of the night, throbs all day, or lasts for more than a couple of days — could mean that a more serious problem exists. The worst thing to do is sit around wishing a toothache away. The best thing to do is visit the dentist for help.
The most common cause of a toothache is a dental cavity as a result of tooth decay. Dental cavities and toothache can be prevented by proper oral hygiene. Another common cause of toothache is gum disease.
Pain around the teeth and the jaws can be symptoms of ear infection or sinus infection or shingles and other diseases.
Gargle salt water. Salt water helps to remove bacteria from the mouth and can reduce swelling. …
Take a painkiller. Over-the-counter pain relief medication can ease the pain if it’s distracting or you’re finding it difficult to sleep. …
And contact with your dentist
A hydrogen peroxide rinse may also help to relieve pain and inflammation. In addition to killing bacteria, hydrogen peroxide can reduce plaque and heal bleeding gums.
Applying a cold compress to the area ofdental pain causes the blood vessels in the area to constrict, slows nerve conduction and makes pain less severe.
The best beverage choices include water (especially fluoridated water), milk, and unsweetened tea. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added
Your dentist will want to choose an antibiotic that can effectively eliminate your infection. Antibiotics of the penicillin class, such as penicillin and amoxicillin, are most commonly used to help treat tooth infections.
Anantibiotic called metronidazole may be given for some types of bacterial infections.
DON’T Consume Acidic Foods and Beverages
When you have a toothache, you should avoid foods that are naturally acidic, as these may aggravate yourtooth pain. For example, avoid tomatoes and oranges. Sports drinks and fizzy sodas may also worsen yourtoothache pain
If the abscess ruptures, the pain may decrease significantly — but you still need dental treatment. If theabscess doesn’t drain, the infection may spread to your jaw and to other areas of your head and neck.
You might even develop sepsis — a life-threatening infection that spreads throughout your body.
As a general rule, you should go to the emergency room if you are experiencing unbearable pain or bleeding that cannot be stopped and your dentist’s office is closed.
If you are not in excruciating pain, you are advised to call your dentist and explain the situation
If your face is swollen, put an ice pack on your cheek. It may help ease the pain, especially if you’ve chipped your chopper or knocked it loose.
Swelling could also mean you have an abscess, a sac of pus and gunk deep in the roots of your tooth. This can cause serious infection in your jaw and other teeth.
If the affected tooth can’t be saved, your dentist will pull (extract) the tooth and drain the abscess to get rid of the infection. Prescribe antibiotics.
But if the infection has spread to nearby teeth, your jaw or other areas, your dentist will likely prescribe antibiotics to stop it from spreading further.
Most people occasionally have mild toothaches, particularly when consuming hot or cold drinks or food. This is the type of toothache pain that may not necessarily be a cause for worry. Sometimes, a toothache may be caused by a problem not originating from a tooth or the jaw. Pain around the teeth and the jaws can be symptoms of ear infection or sinuses.
But a bad toothache — the kind that wakes you up in the middle of the night, throbs all day, or lasts for more than a couple of days — could mean that a more serious problem exists. The worst thing to do is sit around wishing a toothache away. The best thing to do is visit the dentist for help.
It’s never a good idea to gamble with your dental health. So even if you think a toothache was mild, only a dentist can make a proper diagnosis. Pick up the phone and call your dentist – it only takes a few minutes.
He or she will likely ask you a series of questions:
Was the toothache pain gnawing or throbbing? Did the toothache last a whole day or just for a moment? Can you see holes in the tooth that’s causing pain? Do you have swollen gums or neck glands? Depending on the answers, your dentist may ask you to come in for an exam.
A dental implant is a titanium post(fixture) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone, beneath the gum line as a sturdy base for supporting a tooth, bridge or acting as an orthodontic anchor for a denture.
This biological process is called osseointegration. Titanium form an intimate bond to bone.
3 to 6 months recovery time is required for osseointegration before an abutment is attached to the implant.
Abutment is artificial devices that are connected to the dental implants after the healing period is over. The abutment is used to attach a crown, bridge, or removable denture to the implant fixtures.
Abutments can be made from different materials, titanium, stainless steel, gold, polyether ether ketone or zirconia.
A dental crown is an artificial tooth which is designed from various materials. Crown is placed on the abutment to give a tooth function to the implant.
Once the crown is screwed, implant treatment is complete. The implant begins to display dental function.
If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. Patients should be medically evaluated before any implant surgery is scheduled.
Patients either must have enough bone density to support an implant or be good candidates for surgery to build up the bone where the implant will be placed.
Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using tobacco can also slow healing.
Expensive vs. Affordable. Replacing a missing tooth with a cheap implant can be an awful and expensive mistake that is likely to end in regret.
When it comes to oral hygiene, you can’t afford to go cheap. Insufficient implants can lead to more problems down the line, often requiring additional fixings and in some cases, complete renewals. While there are hundreds of dental implant brands in the market, the difference lies in the external surface and structure of the implant. By considering the success rate of the implant brands, an above average (A quality) and well known brand implant should be selected that can give the targeted treatment results. When you arrive the Dentalucca office, your specialist implantologist will give you some alternatives for the price and outcome.
In case of more than one missing tooth next to each other, your dentist can prevent you from paying high costs for implant treatment by following a treatment plan that includes implant and dental bridges.
implant treatment is done under strong local anesthesia. The patient does not feel any pain during implant surgery. After a few days of treatment, mild pain and swelling may occur.
However, it is not bad enough to affect your quality of life.
If you lost all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
In addition, because implant-supported full bridges and dentures will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved.
Despite the low failure rate of dental implants, recognition of the risk factors can enhance the predictability of failure. The main criterion for successful dental implant care is that the patient has no pain and the dental implants are not loose in an up/down direction.
There is a lot of factors effecting the success of treatment like age, gender, implant type, implant surface, implant length, bone type, type of surgery (one- or two-stage) and immediate (fresh socket) or delayed placement of implant.
The resarches shows that prophylactic antibiotic therapy, implant surface and bone density may contribute to dental implant failure. Success of dental implants depends on the site of implant placement, the patient’s conditions, surgeon’s experience, the precision of surgical technique, and type of implants. As Dentalucca, we prefer Osstem brand implants for standard implant treatments in our clinic. The survival rate of Osstem implants is 95.37%.
After the procedure called delayed implant placement, you may require 3-6 months to heal, and then the area will be ready for the implant. During healing, the titanium surface of the implant fuses with the surrounding bone, in a process known as osseointegration, which can take about 3-6 months. After this time, the implant is stable enough to support one or more false teeth.
If your situation cannot be done in an “immediate” fashion there are always techniques for having a temporary tooth or teeth.
For many patients having implants for the back molars are not advised to use temporary teeth. If the tooth is further forward or it is a long span of missing teeth, a “flipper” can be made. This is basically like an orthodontic retainer with a tooth or teeth on it. It is removable and is made of a plastic type of material. We can make these look very good, but I advise that you remove it at night and do not chew hard foods with it since it can break.
1. Patient selection
Chronic diseases, diabetes cholesterol, drugs used continuously, bone density, congenital bone structure, age, etc.
2. Good surgical technique
Decisions about surgical operations as a result of the practical experience of implant surgery.
3. Good prosthetic technique
Manufacturing and placement of the prosthesis at the end of the healing process.
4. Good maintenance.
Following the treatment, following the instructions by the patient and paying attention to oral hygiene.
It varies according to brands. As Dentalucca, we use implant brands that provide a lifetime warranty for the treatments performed in our clinic.
Both traditional surgical implant treatment and immediate loading implant treatment(on the same day implants) require 2 separate visits.
However, as with any procedure, dental implant treatment comes with some potentialchallenges and risks. Some of the more common problems include infection, injury to other teeth or blood vessels, sinus problems, and nerve damage. Dentalucca’s specialist dentist will be able to determine any potential issues with x-rays and a thorough examination of your teeth, before the procedure to avoid these problems.
My dentist told me that I need bone graft/sinus lift/open sinus lift.
Patients who lose some or all of their natural teeth may experience bone loss, or resorption, when the jaw bone in the area of the missing tooth shrinks back and dissolves.
A bone graft may be required to restore the bone in the affected are until it is of sufficient density to support dental implants.
There are several reasons why a patient may not have sufficient bone height in the upper jaw to support dental implants:
• Tooth loss
• Gum Disease
• The maxillary sinus may be too close to the upper jaw
A sinus lift surgery is done when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for dental implants to be placed.
The procedure is one in which the sinus lining is lifted to make room for the growth of new bone (following a bone graft) so that the implants can then be placed.
In dental implant treatment, bone loss by itself is not evaluated one of the risk factors for success. In general, present capacity of bone and soft tissue make it possible to establish osseointegration in the long run.
The specific nature of the disease process, such as osteoporosis or diabetes, and local bone quality and quantity at the implant site, mostly related to aging, are more important for successful dental implant treatment.
There are many alternative treatments available today to repair bone-related problems and complete your dental treatment. Dentalucca’s specialist dentists will lead you to learn which of these methods are most appropriate for you and the treatment details.
The real success of the implant lies in the skill and expertise of specialist placing the dental implant in the jaw bone.
Whether you need a crown or a veneer depends largely on which tooth is in question and how much damage it has.
If your tooth needs support and protection that only a crown can provide, it may not be worth a veneer.
On the other hand, in a situation where you have a front tooth that requires a conservetive and needs a little sprucing up, a crown may be too much.
Don’t just make a cost-based quick decision. A crown may be cheaper with your insurance coverage.
If you have a tooth that does not need much work, you can see that you will gradually extend its life with a conservative coating.
When we are talking about aesthetic benefits, you should consider that crowns has a longer durability than the veneer.
Obviously, this decision is not as simple as choosing what you want. You will need a professional assessment to make the right decision.
1. Veneer covers the front surface of the tooth.
2. Veneers are used when you need cosmetic improvement. Like covering crooked or chipped teeth, especially front teeth, correction of discoloration.
3. Preparation : Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that replace a shallow layer of enamel on the front of your teeth. A tooth is trimmed in preparation and a mold is taken for designing the veneer.
4. Veneers’ duration 2 to 5 years.
1. Crowns encase the entire tooth.
2. Crowns are used when tooth has a lot of decay or fracture or is broken or which the root canal treatment is applied . They also anchor dental bridges and top off dental implants.
3. Preparation: Preparing the teeth for crowns typically involves removing substantial quantities of enamel and dentine. The aim of the preparation, in addition to creating space to accommodate the intended crown, is to prepare a shape appropriate to retain and support the crown.
4. Crowns’ durations 5 to 15 years.
A tooth is consists of enamel, dentin and a soft tissue called pulp. Pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, connective tissues which help grow the root of your toothduring it’s evolution. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp.
Root Canal Treatment becomes a necessity when the pulp is inflamed or infected. The reason of the infection or inflammation
Modern dentistry aims to prevent the the looses of natural teeth. Endodontic treatments take big role in saving the natural tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess which could be the reason of countless health problems; permanent shape disorders on face, cyst in the jaw bone, infection in the heart tissues, bone loss, fisture (inflammatory flux from the face or cheek) etc.
There are many clinical reasons for needing root canal treatment but there are also countless practical reasons why saving the natural tooth is a wise choice. Endodontic treatments help you to maintain your natural smile, continue keeping your chewing comfort, and limits the need of dental works. With a proper care most teeth which had a root canal treatment can lasts a lifetime.
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the human dental pulp or the nerve of the tooth. The choice of which type of dentist to use depends to some degree on the difficulty of the root canal procedure needed in your particular tooth and the general dentist’s comfort level in working on your tooth. Your dentist will discuss who might be best suited to perform the work in your particular case.
Root Canal Treatment’s purpose is to save the natural tooth by removing the inflamed or infected pulp and prevent reinfection of the tooth.
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
“Root canal” is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal.
A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory — to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause
A tooth’s nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, and/or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.
A root canal requires one or more office visits and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist.
The first step in the procedure is to take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine if there are any signs of infection in a surrounding bone. Your dentist or endodontist will then use local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth. Anesthesia may not be necessary, since the nerve is dead, but most dentists still anesthetize the area to make the patient more relaxed and at ease.
It is important to keep the area dry and free of saliva during treatment. An access hole will be drilled into the tooth. The pulp along with bacteria, the decayed nerve tissue and related debris is removed from the tooth. The cleaning out process is accomplished using root canal files. A series of these files of increasing diameter are each subsequently placed into the access hole and worked down the full length of the tooth to scrape and scrub the sides of the root canals. Water or sodium hypochlorite is used periodically to flush away the debris.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it is sealed. Some dentists like to wait a week before sealing the tooth. For instance, if there is an infection, your dentist may put a medication inside the tooth to clear it up. Others may choose to seal the tooth the same day it is cleaned out. If the root canal is not completed on the same day, a temporary filling is placed in the exterior hole in the tooth to keep out contaminants like saliva and food between appointments.
At the next appointment, to fill the interior of the tooth, a sealer paste and a rubber compound called gutta percha is placed into the tooth’s root canal. To fill the exterior access hole created at the beginning of treatment, a filling is placed.
The final step may involve further restoration of the tooth. Because a tooth that needs a root canal often is one that has a large filling or extensive decay or other weakness, a crown, crown and post, or other restoration often needs to be placed on the tooth to protect it, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to full function. Your dentist will discuss the need for any additional dental work with you.
Canal therapy is a painless procedure performed under local anesthesia, contrary to what is known among the general public. After the procedure, there may be mild or moderate pain depending on the case, especially when the tooth is touched or during chewing. This pain subsides within 2-10 days and disappears. If the doctor deems it necessary, he / she can prescribe painkillers to the patient.
A canal treatment performed in accordance with the rules to serve the patient for many years. However, after the canal treatment, necessary care should be taken for mouth and tooth cleaning and necessary measures must be taken. If you always make routine dentist visits and take the necessary care to your teeth according to your doctor’s recommendations, you will contribute to the longevity of your teeth.
Patients should pay attention to their teeth after root canal treatment and should not consume very hard foods. Although these warnings are valid for all teeth, more attention should be paid to canal treated teeth. Canal-treated teeth are those that have been largely damaged by caries. In addition, because the pulp tissue responsible for the nutritional function of the teeth is completely cleaned during the canal treatment, the teeth with canal treatment become more fragile than healthy teeth. In order to prevent fractures in canal-treated teeth, crown replacement on the relevant tooth will contribute to the longer service life of the treated tooth.
Periodontitis is a gum disease that causes the destruction of the tooth-supporting apparatus and can lead to tooth loss. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that is triggered by bacterial microorganisms and involves a severe chronic inflammation . Also it can lead to other serious health problems.
Periodontitis always begins with gingivitis. This inflammation (usually involving reddened or swollen gums and bleeding when brushing teeth or biting on food) is the body’s response to bacteria that have been allowed to accumulate on the teeth. Then this inflammation can spread to below the gums and along the roots of the teeth. This can permanent damage to the tissues and around the teeth and to the supporting bone. Teeth start to loosen and can eventually may lost. Periodontisis can then lead to problems with chewing food and with speaking, as well as
causing aesthetic damage to your smile. This can be a gradual process that takes place over many years. However, some adults in early ages have a very active form of the disease, which causes early loosening and loss of the teeth. Around 40% of people suffer from periodontitis. It is estimated that around 70% of tooth loss is caused by periodontitis.
The good news is that – if detected and treated in early stages – the process can be halted
and gum health can be restored.
Periodontitis always begins with inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. One of the earliest signs is that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. The gums may look red and swollen and you might notice a discoloured layer of bacterial plaque on the teeth. If not removed through proper cleaning of the teeth, this plaque will become “mineralised”, turning into hard deposits known as calculus or tartar, which cannot be removed by a toothbrush. Left untreated, gingivitis may turn into periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Often this happens without any obvious signs to alert you, but you might notice changes such as:
Because of the effect of nicotine on blood vessels in smokers, gum bleeding may be less . This means that the progress of the disease may be hidden. People do often not notice the presence of periodontitis until their 40’s or 50’s, by which time a great deal of damage may have occurred. However, a dentist can detect signs of the disease much earlier, during a routine dental examination, and can monitor your periodontal status by using a tool called the Periodontal Screening Index. You should ask your dentist for a periodontal examination as part of your regular dental check-ups.
Gingivitis is an inflammation that is limited to the gum line. on the other hand in periodontitis there is loss of the jawbone, periodontal ligament, and root cementum.
In gingivitis, there is a surfacial problem. This means that with a good oral hygiene at home can stop the gingivitis and restore healthy gums.
But with periodontitis, it is different. Once the inflammation has caused bone loss, this damage is not reversible.
When treating periodontitis requires professional care from a dentist or periodontist to prevent more bone loss and tooth loss.
Receding gums are not always caused by periodontitis.
Brushing your teeth too vigorously, injures the gum line and receding gums. When it heals, the gum line withdraws further until the tooth root beneath the gum is exposed. Even if you change your oral-hygiene habits and clean your teeth less forcefully, gum recession will not be reversed. In periodontitis, the initial damage to the tooth-supporting structure may not be visible at the begining and the gums may recede only after the disease has established itself. If you have receding gums, your dentist will be able to examine the situation and explain whether periodontitis is the cause and offer you the appropriate treatment.
Periodontitis is always caused by the build-up of bacteria in the form of dental plaque.
A healthy mouth hosts more than 700 different species of bacteria, most of which are completely harmless and live in harmony with the owner of the mouth. But when we do not have a good oral hygenie, bacterial deposits build up next to the gums, forming a “plaque” and this creates the conditions for more dangerous bacteria to flourish. The natural defences of the body are also become insufficient as a result. If this bacterial plaque, which is soft, is not removed by brushing, minerals are deposited within it and a hard deposit on the tooth called tartar (or calculus) is formed. The presence of tartar encourages the growth of the bacterial plaque towards the roots of the teeth. This leads to a weakening of the attachment of the root to the gum and the creation of a gap – called a periodontal pocket – between tooth and gum. This pocket is an ideal place for harmful bacteria to gather and multiply, which drives disease forward as the bacteria release toxins that further trigger the body’s defence mechanisms.
For example, the more active the bacteria and the weaker the immune response of the patient, the more aggressive will be the disease. And if the patient is a smoker or has diabetes, the body’s defences may be weakened which can speed up the disease process. Some drugs such as antihypertensive or vasodilating agents and immunotherapy can affect the inflammatory response to plaque and make patients more susceptible to gingivitis. But it is very important to remember that without the accumulation of bacterial plaque, periodontitis will not occur.
– Tooth loss
If the progress of periodontal inflammation is not halted, the supporting structures of the teeth – including the surrounding bone – are destroyed. The teeth eventually loosen and are lose or need to be extracted.
– Problems with eating
Periodontitis weakens the structures that hold the teeth in place. Unsteady teeth can cause problems when chewing. Affected people who can still be using old chewing habits, change to their chewing habits to functional teeth.some extent adapt and switch their chewing habits to the teeth that can. But if the damage continues – and especially if teeth are lost – people can end up able to eat only soft foods.
– Problems with speaking
The loose teeth caused by periodontitis can make it difficult to speak clearly. If the visible front teeth in the upper jaw are forced apart because of periodontitis, the gaps that arise
can cause problems in speaking (for example, sibilant sounds like “S” may not be pronounced clearly). Singers and musicians who play wind instruments can also have problems if teeth start to move apart as a result of periodontitis.
– Problems with appearance
People with periodontitis have a lot of problems with their appearance. Gums are dark red because of inflammation, the roots (which are darker than the crowns of teeth) become visible – all of which can look unattractive, and teeth look longer because of receding gums . As teeth loosen, they can move apart leaving dark gaps(black triangles) between theet. If teeth are lost as a result of periodontitis, there would be unattractive gaps.
– Bad breath
The bacteria that cause the inflammation involved in periodontitis can also cause halitosis (bad breath). The kinds of bacteria that cause periodontitis thrive in gum pockets and produce foul-smelling volatile sulphur compounds. Bad breath needs to be treated by a professional oral hygenist.
– Negative effects on general health
It is now known that untreated periodontal disease can have serious consequences for general health. Periodontitis means an increased risk of suffering diabetes, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and complications in pregnancy (pre-eclampsia, premature birth and low birth weight). In fact, periodontitis has been linked with more than fifty diseases and conditions, including chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain types of cancer.
There are several factors that increase your chance of developing periodontitis and make the disease more likely to progress. Among the common risk factors are:
Inflammation of the gums is neither normal nor inevitable. Gum diseases gingivitis and periodontitis can be prevented by giving up smoking, avoiding or reducing stress, eating a healthy diet, exercising, supporting good oral hygiene and and getting regular professional check-ups (at least once a year). Choosing an appropriate instruments for whom use like toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, tongue scraper etc. Crowded, crooked, crowned teeth or dentures etc. should be cleaned with special care. Brushing teeth twice a day effectively, sufficient duration and a proper technique.
Successful periodontal treatment requires your full co-operation in daily oral-hygiene practices and attendance at regular follow-up appointments. With careful professional assessment and treatment, it is usually possible to completely halt the progress of periodontitis. The key to success is eliminating the bacterial plaque that triggers the disease process and establishing excellent oral-hygiene practices. There are six stages in the successful treatment of periodontitis:
Regular follow-up appointments are vitally important to ensure that periodontitis does not return and cause further destruction of the gums and the bone and ligament that support the teeth. If there are signs of continuing disease, your dentist will be able to treat it at an early stage. You will also be given advice on how to change your oral-hygiene practices to tackle the inflammation.
Periodontology is the study of the specialized system of hard and soft tissues that support your teeth and keep them in their place in the jaw(periodontium). This apparatus, known as the periodontium, has some very important functions:
The periodontium is made up of several individual structures that work together
The tooth socket: the bony pouch in the jawbone in which the tooth is positioned.
The cementum: a layer that covers the roots of the teeth.
The periodontal ligament: a complex arrangement of tiny fibres, between the root cementum and the tooth socket, which holds the tooth in place almost like a sling. Because the different parts of the periodontium are made from living tissues, they can adapt to changes in our mouths over time, making the tiny changes in shape and thickness that keep the position of the teeth stable. In many ways, the mouth acts as a mirror of the general condition of our bodies. Our periodontal status can often tell us more than simply what is happening locally in our gums. Although periodontitis is always triggered by the accumulation of plaque on the teeth, diseases affecting the rest of the body – known as systemic diseases – can weaken the supporting structures of the teeth.
A periodontist is dental practitioner who specialise in the prevention and treatment of diseases of the tooth supporting tissues (the periodontium). Although all dentists study on the diagnosis and treatment of mild to moderate periodontal disease, severe or complex cases are usually referred to a periodontist, who will have undertaken additional training and acquired special expertise in the area.
Within the field of periodontology, there is also a range of different specialist procedures that focus on specific types of treatment. The treatments a periodontist provides include: non-surgical periodontal therapy, regenerative periodontal therapy, soft-tissue grafting and recession coverage, pre-prosthetic surgery, and bone reconstruction with implant placement or therapy.
Your toothbrush will eventually wear out, especially if you are brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time. Your dentist recommends that adults and children change their toothbrush every three months. If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions because you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks to keep any bacteria from spreading. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and keep the bristles clean. If you’ve been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.
According to your dentist and the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least two times a day. Brushing keeps your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by removing bacteria-causing plaque. It is also recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride when you brush your teeth. You should spend at least a minute on the top teeth and a minute on the bottom teeth, and remember to brush your tongue; it will help keep your breath smelling fresh!
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease.
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